I have loved food as far as I can remember.  Some of my fondest memories go back to my Grandma's dirty kitchen in the Philippines.  The smell of singed banana leaves and burning coconut husks.  Sounds of sizzling garlic and onions in her huge metal wok and the taste of fresh coconut milk 'sabaw' on fragrant rice.  Here is where I learned to appreciate good and honest food.  Another favourite is biting into pillowy soft sioapao then reaching the sweet, salty and garlicky filling.  Slurping on saucy 'lug lug' freshly made from the market, filled with tasty toppings of cured trout, seafood, diced pork belly, spring onions, chicharon and calamansi.  Lastly, the feeling of a warm bag of pandesal first thing in the morning and the sweet steam of breaking one open. Bliss! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As I grew older and moved back to London, most of these flavours soon became a distant memory and was never quite the same. Nonetheless, I learned to enjoy some of the English home comforts and other spices and herbs around the rest of the world.  Like many, the experience of eating good food brings me so much joy, although there's nothing that quite compares to cooking and sharing the love through food.  So here I would like to give you some of my favourite things to eat with the ingredients made available to you.  I'm far from being a Michelin starred chef, just a girl that knows what she likes to eat! 

Caldereta has always been a favourite dish in our family as the soft and tender meat, that falls off the bones with the rich and deep sauce filled with flavours not just from the meat but the bones too, is something that we can never resist.  Probably because this reci...

Everyone's favourite Filipino starter or snack. Usually the first dish to be finished at a Filipino party!  Here is how to make them all to yourself and never having to worry about them running out. Great with noodle dishes or plain steamed rice, not forgetting by itse...

This luscious tamarind based soup is a great balance of tang and savoury.  Amazing with pork, prawns or chicken but my fave is having it with fish and submerging freshly cooked rice in the tasty soup.  There's no real rule on what veg you can use but the most popular a...

This is my own version of Lumpiang Sariwa, which means fresh spring roll. In this recipe I added sticky marinated pork, which in my eyes makes it that bit extra special! This recipe is all made from scratch and is the best way to show off to your friends and family dur...

This dish kept me warm and cosy during the winter months. It was standard to have this whilst wearing fluffy slippers, a robe and watching TV on the sofa. This verison is more elaborate than usual because of the fried toppings, which goes a long way when married with t...

Apologies for taking so long to upload the next video, but here I am, back with one of my ultimate favourite dishes Kare Kare.  Who wouldv'e thought meat and peanut butter sauce would go so well?!  

This dish definitely gets me weak in the knees - guaranteed!  The...

This dessert is definitly up there in my top 3!  I don't have a sweet tooth but I will never turn down a good leche flan.  Ever since my auntie used to made these perfetly with no bubbles, I have never been able to taste a better version than hers.  There's a certain s...

This is one of my personal favourites as shellfish is my kryptonite!  A very popular dish loved by many because of the rich and deep flavours of the sauce, complimented by an array of varied toppings that magically work well together. A dish very similar to other recip...

What a night!  Thanks to everyone that came down and anyone else who showed love, leading up to the event.  We were so happy to see many faces old and new supporting us at this event.  For those who have landed on this by accident, Fili Fest is an event currently held...

Hope you like my version of Tortang Talong aka aubergine omelette. Instead of using minced pork I used fish with garlic, ginger, shallots and lime.  Nothing reminds me of the Philippines more than the smell and taste of smoky coconut.  Traditionally Filipinos put cocon...

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